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Ice, Ice, Baby

27 Jan


I still think this is one of the best essential mixes ever.

Fake Blood – Essential Mix 3/2009


Comic via XKCD.

How to find electronic music that doesn’t suck

1 Aug

I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to have trouble finding decent electronic music, or at least decent electronic music that isn’t really old.  This is a brief guide to finding good songs that you might not otherwise be able to.

First: Pandora is terrible, don’t bother

Pandora is pretty great for mainstream music, and even a lot of indie-style rock.  It’s gotten a lot better with the genre than it was a few years ago, when it pretty much only had Justice, Boys Noize, and a few others, but usually Pandora only has songs from the bigger labels.  Worse, though, it’s really, really slow about adding new songs, and will frequently play songs from a few years ago, which in electronic music years might as well be from the Cambrian era.

So, what actually does work?  Start with Hype Machine.

The Hype Machine is basically an aggregation of the more popular blogs.  It lets you stream music, follow artists and blogs, and will suggest new music for you.  It’s also a good way to…

Find good blogs.

The Hype Machine will show you which blogs are posting the artists you like, which you can then explore to hopefully find new artists you haven’t heard of.  Elbo.ws is another blog aggregator that’s great for this.  It usually publishes less well-known blogs than Hypem does, as well, which is sometimes a good thing.  This blog is, of course, a great place to start.  Subscribe!  There’s also a few more that I like in the sidebar.

Listen to DJ mixes.

Most electronic music wasn’t really made to be listened to on an iPod.  It’s supposed to be blended together on turntables by a decent DJ.  Mixes happen to be, in my opinion, the best way to find new artists.  The BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix has by far the best mixes, but most DJs put out one from time to time.  Radio 1’s mixes are almost always available to download somewhere online with a Google search.


SoundCloud has, in the past six months or so, become one of the best places to find music since practically every major producer has an account at this point.  It publishes new songs to your front page whenever an artist you’re following puts one up, and you can stream it and often download it for free.  Follow all the artists you like and it will usually keep you on top of their stuff.


Probably the best place for leaks and free releases, there are some really good forums out there.  This is a really good one for dubstep, but there are a lot more if you Google around.


Finally, as some others have noted, the charts on Beatport and Juno can be great ways to find more music, especially since you can sample the songs via streaming.  Just be aware that neither of these sites contain everything available from most artists.


29 Jul

 “It’s 2011 and disco and cocaine are back in Los Angeles!”

Dillon Francis – Beautician 2.0

Will Bailey – Slap (Rudi Stakker Remix)

Teenage Bad Girl – X Girl feat. Rye Rye (Bart B More Main Remix)

Sak Noel – Loca People (Alvaro Remix)

House: Swedish House Mafia, Zedd, and Udachi

26 Jul

I don’t generally like Swedish House Mafia, they tend to produce pretty uninspired cheesy house music, kind of like David Guetta without the collaborations, but the good thing about them is that their enormous popularity gets them the best remix troupe in the game ever time.  Zedd‘s remix of Save the World is fantastic (the original was garbage, by the way).  It’s got a pretty long buildup, so hang in there, but it’s totally worth the wait once it drops.

Swedish House Mafia – Save the World (Zedd Remix)

Zedd – Dovregubben


Also, Udachi needs to get more popular.  He does an amazing live set, and consistently produces really original tracks.  He packed the tent at Camp Bisco this year, which was nice to see after seeing him in Northampton with only about ten other people.

Udachi – Shambala Promo Mix

Music Dump

24 Jul

i want one, too


Michael Woods – First Aid

Avicii – Levels (Clockwork Remix)

Tramp (Clockwork Moombahton Remix)


Will Bailey is a giant.


Kill the Noise – Roots (Will Bailey Remix)

Genetix – Here Comes The Drastik Final

Ali Love – Diminishing Returns (Alvin Risk Remix)

DarkElixir – Monster Truck


Bare Noize seems to follow a pattern of releasing two to three mediocre tracks and then one amazing one.  This is that.

Bare Noize – Twilight Zone


Finally, Designer Drugs finally released Datamix 15.  More of their usual, which is better-than-average thrasher-punk type heavy electro.


1-Inner Party System – Not Getting Any Better (Designer Drugs Remix)
2-Too Young To Love – Earth (Skitsnygg Remix)
3-John Lord Fonda – Sound of A Melody ( Le Castle Vania Remix)
4-Gtronic – Dance Machine
5-Benny Benassi – Cinema feat Gary Go (Skrillex Remix)
6-Alvin Risk – Pendejas (JFK Edit)
7-Toadally Krossed Out – Toadaroni
8-Hussle Club – Night Society (Designer Drugs Remix)
9-J-Trick – Defjam
10-Jay Cunning and Onesinner – Bad Girls (High Rankin Remix)
11-Designer Drugs – Leather Gang
12-Felix Cartel – The Riddler
13-Blaze Tripp – Vertigo (Jamie Fanatic Remix)
14-Broms – Never Kiss n Tell feat. Christina Rinaldo (PLS DNT STP Remix)
15-Ginuwine, Timbaland & Missy Elliot – Get Involved (Adam F & Herve Remix)
16-The Death Set – Coming to Get Us (Designer Drugs Remix)
17-Lee Mortimer – CTRL
18-Laidback Luke & Steve Aoki feat Lil Jon – Turbulence (D.O.D. Remix)
19-Doctor P – Watch Out
20-Noize Generation – Ghetto Rave (Ikki Remix)
21-Stereo Heroes – Wild Child
22-Access Denied – Intrigant
23-Ali Love – Diminishing Returns (Alvin Risk Remix)
24-Justice – Civilization
25-Sebastian – Embody

James Blake – Why Don’t You Call Me (Trumpdisco Remix) & some house

19 Jul

This song totally creeps up on you.  Not at all what I was expecting after listening to the intro, and I love it.  Trumpdisco has a pretty good track record at this point of doing really creative things within the electro/dubstep genre.  They’re Australian, so I don’t think they’ll be touring in the US til they get a bit bigger, but I’d be willing to bet they put on a great live show.

James Blake – Why Don’t You Call Me (Trumpdisco Remix)

Also, electro house.


BRUK feat. Marie L – Shine On

Martin Solveig feat. Kele – Ready 2 Go (Hardwell Remix)

Chromeo – Hot Mess (Djedjotronic Remix)

Electro: Porter Robinson + Lady Gaga

6 Jul

Swing baby swing

Lady Gaga consistently gets the best remix lineup.  The Bare Noize remix is far from their best work (although I posted it anyway), but the remix by Porter Robinson, like everything else he’s done, is amazing.  At 17 years old, he’s going to be huge before too long.

Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory (Porter Robinson Remix)

Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory (Bare Noize Remix)

Bonus: This song is amazing.

Katy B – Easy Please Me (Claude VonStroke Grizzl-fiyah Remix)

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